What can I do if I don't like my host family?

If this should be the case, let us know immediately and we will arrange an alternative. The families hosting CBCE students have worked with us for some years, and have been carefully selected regarding both personality and the facilities they offer. Many are made up of women living alone or with children.

How easy is it to get to know people and make friends in Asturias?

The Asturians are friendly people, proud of their land and always keen to introduce visitors to the local delights of cider, cheese and conversation. It is easy to get talking, and this is a perfect opportunity to practise your Spanish. Don't forget that many CBCE courses include a number of tasks you need to carry out in the town, and these provide an excellent introduction.

What if I fall ill while I'm there?

We, or your host family, will accompany you to the appropriate doctor or hospital department, and help you as much as possible.

If you are not from a European Community country, it is advisable to take out a private health insurance for the duration of your stay.

What kind of clothes should I bring?

Asturias is part of Green Spain, so no matter what time of year you visit, an umbrella and waterproof jacket and shoes are a good idea! It has a temperate climate, with temperatures in summer generally reaching a comfortable 20-28oC in the day, but can be as low as 13-15oC at night. It's probably better to bring various layers of clothing, and a jacket for the evenings. During the rest of the year, the temperature varies from 10oC to 15oC.

How easy is it to get around the city?

Oviedo is quite small, and it is relatively easy to walk from one side of the city to the other. It has a cheap, comprehensive bus system, 1'20 euro a ride, and taxis are easily available, between 5 and 8 euros. There are frequent trains and coaches to all towns in Asturias, and other parts of Spain.

How much does it cost to eat out?

This depends on the type of restaurant you go to, and there is a great variety to choose from. Most bars and small restaurants offer a set three course meal at lunch-time (13.30 - 15.00) for a very reasonable price, 8 - 12 euros, including house wine and coffee. Meals in the evening (from 21.00) can vary from tapas and cider in the cider bars for about 10 euros per person to 30 euros + for an excellent meal in a good restaurant.

Soft drinks or tea and coffee cost between 1.50 and 3 euros.

How much does it cost to eat out?

Smaller shops normally open from 10.00 to 13.30 and 16.30 to 19.30, and large shopping centres are open from 10.00 to 22.00.

Banks are open from 8.30 to 14.00 Monday to Friday.

Museums and Art Galleries open Tuesday to Sunday, and are closed on Mondays. Check before going what opening hours each has.